RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Urban Planning, Historical Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health, History of Public Health Policy
Gina Greene completed her doctorate in Architectural History at Princeton University. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her M.A. in Art and Architectural History from UC Riverside. Her research examines the intersection between public health and the built environment from a historical perspective. In her dissertation, she examines the collaborative efforts of physicians and architects in late nineteenth- and early twentieth- century France as they strove to reduce high rates of infant and child mortality through modifications to the built environment. It is a project that makes a critical intervention into the history of early twentieth-century public health policy by demonstrating how architecture became intimately involved in broader social hygiene movements in France. As a Health & Society Scholar, Gina studied the historical relationship between public health initiatives and architectural design in an American context.